ELUL THOUGHT #3: WINDOW VS. MIRROR

ELUL THOUGHT #3: WINDOW VS. MIRROR
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From Rabbi David Young: A rich miser once complained to the Rabbi about the many demands that were made upon him. The Rabbi led him to the window and said: “Look out and tell me what you see.” “I see people,” said the man. Then the Rabbi led him to the mirror on the wall and said, “Now look and tell me what you see.” The man answered, “Now I see myself.” “The difference between the glass in the window and the glass in the mirror is only a layer of silver,” said the Rabbi. “As soon as a bit of silver is added, you cease to see others and see only yourself.”

window“The [High Holiday] period is about both getting inside and outside of yourself. We need to get inside ourselves and be willing to see who we truly are – our faults and failures, as well as our strengths and successes. Only then, can we properly focus our attentions and energies on the wider community.”

mirrorIn the coming days, challenge yourself to do two things. First, look into that mirror and see yourself, as you truly are to others. How might you grow your best qualities? How might you address your less-stellar aspects? Second, remove some of the “silver” that has you look only at yourself, and look now at the world beyond. How can you become a greater part of that world? By focusing both inward and outward, we achieve our potential…as partners with God.